PicassoMalaga 1881 - Mougins 1973
"Genius" is derided nowadays in academia but, if there is no such thing, how did a 13-year old Picasso know what art historians never have?
Picasso kills a bull with his own paintbrush while indicating his divinity.
"Picasso" paints from the other side of the image using a cigarette for a brush
Two protagonists in one painting must both represent the artist. It's a given in art so it's your job to find out how.
Learn to recognize the letters of Picasso's signature, a key to many of his works
Here is a very obvious example of one artist's identification with another
See how Picasso turns one scene into another in ways that have never been seen
See how Picasso understood Manet's meaning, a meaning that still escapes art historians who think and see superficially
When you discover what is underneath Picasso's early Blue Period paintings, the meaning changes...drastically.
How we know that the young Picasso knew his destiny
Learn how to use double-vision, a critical tool for interpretation
Learn how the young Picasso played around with several themes in a relatively simple composition
Picasso turned the face of a Spanish queen into a townscape by fusing the two
Learn how Picasso bases an image on the letters of his signature
Learn about the mystery behind Picasso's name and the importance of artist's names in general
See how Picasso uses YO to symbolize a girl and a bull as apsects of himself
See how Picasso in "copying" a portrait changes it into an image of his own thought process
Not a particularly successful picture but an excellent learning tool
What looks like nonsense from Picasso - pregnant men with breasts - make sense if you see it the way Picasso did.
There is always more in Picasso than meets the eye
Never forget the importance of an artist's hand. It can pop up anywhere.
How a seated harlequin is so much more than a seated harlequin
Picasso must have learnt early on that great artists often adopt the persona of earlier great artists....
Genres are an artificial classification of little meaning. For instance, as here, still-life without life would be still-born.
Learn how Picasso used swords as "paintbrushes", "etching needles" and other tools of the trade
Picasso at his most abstract is still figurative in ways that have never been seen
Learn how Picasso used another artist's name to represent his own identification with the great masters of the past
Hear how Karen Kleinfelder interprets Picasso's scene
Just like Michelangelo's, Picasso's women are masculine too....here's how and why.
Ignore the title of a painting; they can lead you far astray
Don't accept your first understanding of a line. Think again; because artists do before drawing it.
See how Picasso writes his own identity over someone else's face
Have you ever wondered why so many still-lifes have an open drawer under the table-top?
See how Titian tricks us into thinking there is one reality in art when there are, at least, two
EPPH Blog Posts on Picasso
Find out how in this second chapter in the series the meaning in Manet's mysterious images becomes logical
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